(scroll down for short biography and artist’s statement)

Major Commissions

Devita Stipek Writer - Mt. Roberts, Juneau, Alaska
Devita Stipek Writer – View From Mt. Roberts, Juneau..  Gastineau Channel (foreground), Auke Bay, Lynn Canal, and the Chilkat Range (distance).
  • [2020- Present] Working exclusively with selected clients, landscapes, oil paints.
  • [2008-2009] Carnival Dream, Stateroom Art: 3,765 Hand-Embellished Giclee reproductions on Canvas from 24 original paintings. Permanent Installation.
  • [2007-2008] Carnival Splendor, Stateroom Art: 3,144 Hand-Embellished Giclee Reproductions on Canvas from 17 original paintings. Permanent Installation.
  • [2006] Carnival Freedom, Stateroom Art: 3,000 Hand-Embellished Giclee Reproductions on Canvas from 15 original paintings. Permanent Installation.
  • [2004- 2005] Carnival Valor, 16 Large Scale Paintings (murals), Permanent Installation, stair landings and atrium areas.
  • [2004] Carnival Valor, mural, 50 feet by 34 feet. Permanent Installation, Central Expanse.
  • [2003] Carnival Miracle Cruise Ship: Permanent Installation, Eight Large Scale paintings (murals) gracing the Forward Stair Landings, and four smaller original paintings in elevators, 2003
  • [2002] Carnival Glory Cruise Ship: Permanent Installation, Nine Large Scale paintings  (murals) gracing the Aft Stair Landings, 2002
  • [2002] Carnival Conquest Cruise Ship: Permanent Installation, Nine Large Scale paintings (murals) gracing the Aft Stair Landings, 2002
  • [2001] Carnival Legend Cruise Ship: Permanent Installation, Nine Large Scale paintings (murals) gracing the Central Stair Landings 2001
  • [1997] Original oil painting for use as Official Gold Rush Days poster 
  • [1984] Design packages (signage, logo identity) Silverwood Retirement Centers (Seattle area) and Juneau, Alaska real estate properties.

Solo Exhibitions (and Awards)

  • Juneau Artists Gallery, 17 new and never before exhibited original oil paintings, Dec 2020, Juneau, Alaska
  • Alaska State Museum — “Living Alaska: A Decade of Collecting Contemporary Art for Alaska Museums” touring exhibit, Rasmuson Foundation. 2016,  Alaska museums.
  • 3240 Creatives Gallery, Group Exhibit, 2012, Everett, WA.
  • Columbia Steppe, Solo Exhibit, 2009, Yakima, Washington
  • Annie Kails Gallery, Solo Exhibit, 2007, Juneau, Alaska
  • Juneau City Museum, Solo Exhibit, 2006, Juneau, Alaska
  • Northwind Gallery, juried Show, 2005 ‘Expressions North’; Port Townsend, Washington (award)
  • Little City Gallery, Group Exhibit, 2004, Juneau, Alaska
  • Little City Gallery, Solo Exhibit, 2004, Juneau, Alaska
  • Portfolio Arts Gallery, Solo Exhibit, 2001, Juneau, Alaska
  • Portfolio Arts Gallery, Solo Exhibit, 2000, Juneau, Alaska (sold out)
  • Portfolio Arts Gallery, Solo Exhibit, 1999, Juneau, Alaska (sold out)
  • Portfolio Arts Gallery, Solo Exhibit, 1998, Juneau, Alaska
  • Chott Gallery, Solo Exhibit, 1997, Yakima, WA
  • Central Washington Artists Guild, 1996, Yakima, WA (award)
  • Chott Gallery, Solo Exhibit 1996, Yakima, WA
  • Scarlets, Solo Exhibit, 1995, Juneau, Alaska
  • Centennial Hall Convention Center, Solo Exhibit, 1994, Juneau, Alaska
  • Grosvenor House, Group Exhibit, Seattle, WA 1964
  • New York Coliseum, ART:usa, Group Exhibit 1962 (award)
  • Kansas City Atkins Museum, Group Exhibit 1962 (award)
  • National Hallmark Award, 1961 (award)
  • Washington State Scholastic Art Award 1960 & 1961 (award)
  • Seattle Times Sunday Magazine (cover) 1960 (award)

Brief Biography

Devita Stipek Writer (b. 1944) is an established Alaska artist and long-time Alaskan. Her work has achieved recognition in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and is received around the world. As of 2019 it is estimated that over a million people experience her public work every year.

2021: still working. Limited to selected commissions.

In the 1960’s Devita left art school in Seattle and married an Alaska fisherman. There followed a life of adventure, raising and homeschooling three children in fishing villages from Ketchikan to Kodiak eventually settling in the tiny isolated fishing village of Elfin Cove on the wild outer coast of Southeast Alaska where they fished and operated the only general store between Sitka and Yakutat. Her husband was lost at sea shortly before Christmas, 1979.

Studios both in Juneau and at the family homestead on a remote island on the Inside Passage. Although not as active in the exhibition scene as she once was, awards continue to stalk her. In more recent years her work was selected by the Alaska State Museums for a traveling exhibit of Alaska Artists sponsored by the Rasmussen Foundation.

Artist Statement:

“Painting outdoors, directly from the scene, is still where it happens for me. As I’ve grown older, and facing the rigors of plein air painting in Alaska, I find that I may start a painting out doors, capturing the essence, and finish in the studio. My goal is not to reproduce a landscape as a photograph, rather to allow room for the viewer’s own imagination. Or as Van Gogh said, not so detailed you can stick your nose in, perhaps best seen from a certain distance. Color and movement, the smell of the salt air on a chill Alaska breeze. A single brushstroke an element unto itself. Traditional oils lend themselves to this in the astonishing way pure pigments refract light, a painting that changes even as the light in a room changes or as it catches your eye when you walk past. A painting with a life of its own.”

“I find myself attracted to the Post Impressionists, more particularly the Fauvists like Emil Nolde and Georges Rouault. As artists of old, append my work Soli Deo Gloria.”

Formal Education

Cornish Art School, Seattle, WA.

A Few Examples

A few examples